August 9, 2020

Century-Old Briggs & Stratton Files Bankruptcy

Small engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton Corp., founded in Milwaukee in 1908, has filed for bankruptcy protection. Briggs was the world’s largest manufacturer of small gasoline engines; it has sold more than 125 million.

TPP Extends Member of Year Nomination Deadline

Member of Year

The Patuxent Partnership is accepting nominations for its 2019 Member of the Year award. To accommodate the recent changes in work scheduling, the nominations are now due May 1, 2020.

Pentagon Dismisses Criticism of F-35 Program

Morning Coffee is a robust blend of links to news around the internet concerning the Naval Air Station Patuxent River economic community. The opinions expressed here do not reflect opinions of the Leader’s owners or staff. Lt. Gen. Eric Fick took exception to recent criticism of the F-35 JSF program by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, reports Defense News. The Pentagon’s head of the F-35 Lightning II JPO countered Musk by saying that the jet will be relevant for decades to come. “I’m happy to see what comes next, be it manned or unmanned, but I think the F-35 is going…

Navy Culture Shift = Re-Up Rate Increase

Navy Culture Shift = Re-Up Rate Increase

Officials believe that a change in Navy culture is the reason the service’s reenlistment rates have gone up.

F-35As Heading to Pacific Theater

F-35As Heading to Pacific Theater

Two US Air Force F-35 Lightning IIs, assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., break off from formation at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, on Sept. 6, 2019. (US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky) Morning Coffee is a robust blend of links to news around the internet concerning the Naval Air Station Patuxent River economic community. The opinions expressed here do not reflect opinions of the Leader’s owners or staff. In preparation for the arrival of the first of its F-35s next spring, Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska has…

$39 Million Missile Sale to Ukraine Approved

Ukraine

The same request that helped initiate an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump has netted $39 million in a missile sale to Ukraine to help deter Russia.

Trump Names New National Security Adviser

National Security Adviser

StateSec Mike Pompeo, right, officiates the swearing-in ceremony for Robert O’Brien as special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on July 17, 2018. (State Department photo) Morning Coffee is a robust blend of links to news around the internet concerning the Naval Air Station Patuxent River economic community. The opinions expressed here do not reflect opinions of the Leader’s owners or staff. President Trump named hostage-affairs official Robert O’Brien as national security adviser Wednesday to fill the position left vacant when John Bolton was ousted last week, reports The Washington Post. USA…

Border Wall Gets $3.6B MILCON from DoD

border wall

DoD will move $3.6 billion out of 127 projects next year to build 175 miles of border wall. Pentagon officials began identifying  potential projects to cut earlier this year.

Newest Littoral Combat Ship Reports to Fleet

Littoral Combat Ship

The Billings, a Freedom-class littoral combat ship, was commissioned in a Saturday ceremony in Key West, FL. The warship is named after Montana’s largest city.

Longer Military Obligations Considered for Academies

Academy

Senators are looking to extend the eight-year service obligation for graduates of US service academies, noting a 20 percent cost hike per graduate since the obligations were last adjusted in 1996.